The UCSF-Actelion Clinical Research and Medical Communications Fellowship Program partners with the top leaders in academic research and industry to provide an innovative, mentored, two-year experience combining academic clinical investigation and pharmaceutical industry training for PharmDs in early postdoctoral years.

The program is presented jointly by the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, and Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.

Fellows will work with research and clinical faculty members at UCSF—a world-renowned teaching institution that focuses on the health sciences—where they will participate in clinical research, learn via interdisciplinary didactics, and present and publish results of scholarly work.

In partnership with Actelion, a market leader in therapies for orphan diseases, fellows will also gain experience in medical communications with the goal of building core competencies in medical affairs as well as collaborating on numerous projects with health economics and outcomes research professionals, medical science liaisons, and regulatory affairs departments.


Application deadline

Not currently recruiting (next recruitment cycle begins Summer 2020)

Fellowship period

Next cycle:  July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023


2 years

Key highlights

At UCSF, fellows will:

  • Participate in multidisciplinary, collaborative clinical drug-related research
  • Present and publish results of scholarly work
  • Provide direct patient care through planned UCSF clinical pharmacy service
  • Attend bi-weekly interdisciplinary clinical pharmacology didactic seminars, and attend a quarterly research seminar

At Actelion, fellows will:

  • Experience distinct, but complementary functional areas within medical affairs: medical information, medical strategy, and publications
  • Collaborate on numerous, inter-departmental projects including exposure to managed markets, health economics and outcomes research, and regulatory affairs
  • Participate in experiential training block with the medical science liaison group

How to apply

Applicants should be prepared to submit:

  1. Letter of intent
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Three letters of recommendation using the PDF iconLOR form (PDF, 3 pages, 146 KB) (at least one from a full-time faculty member)
  4. Writing sample (drug information sample preferred)
  5. Official transcript of all college coursework

Complete the application.

All materials (including the separately submitted letters of recommendation) must be received by the application deadline.

Meet the team in our informational webinars

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

View our brochure

PDF iconBrochure (PDF, 2 pages, 700 KB)



Leslie Floren, PharmD, MA, DABCP
Adjunct Associate Professor

Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine

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Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD

Department of Clinical Pharmacy

UCSF School of Pharmacy

[email protected]


Francesca Aweeka, PharmD


Department of Clinical Pharmacy

University of California, San Francisco

[email protected]


Marc Spangner, PharmD

US Medical Communications

Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc.

[email protected]

Image credits: Aweeka: Elisabeth Fall, Floren: © Majed